Description: 11X8.5 Pen & Ink study hit with water color and acylic on #140 Strathmore Paper:
“Sail on!” it says: “sail on, ye stately ships!”
And with your floating bridge the ocean span;
Be mine to guard this light from all eclipse.
Be yours to bring man neared unto man.
It has been speculated that the Portland Head Light house in Cape Elizabeth inspired Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to write this poem in the 1840s. Whether this is true or not, the Portland Head Light is one of the most fascinating lighthouses in Maine. Historian Edward Rowe Snow believed that the Portland Head Light symbolized the state of Maine, which is ornamented by a rocky coastline, breaking waves, sparkling water and clear, pure salt air